Gaining Trust

The concept of being present in the moment, often associated with mindfulness, can also be applied to interactions with horses.


When people are present with horses, it means they are fully engaged in the current experience without being distracted by thoughts about the past or the future. This can have several benefits for both the human and the horse in the context of equine interactions:

Communication and Connection:

Horses are highly sensitive animals and can pick up on subtle cues from humans, including body language and energy. Being present allows for better communication and a stronger connection between the horse and the human.


Horses are prey animals, and they are naturally attuned to the environment for signs of danger. When humans are present and focused on the current moment, they are more likely to notice and respond to the horse's behavior, reducing the risk of accidents or misunderstandings.

Reduced Stress:

Horses can sense the emotional state of humans. When handlers or riders are present and calm, it helps create a positive and relaxed atmosphere, reducing stress for both the horse and the human.

Improved Training:

Present-moment awareness is crucial for effective horse training. It allows the handler or rider to respond promptly to the horse's actions and adjust their own behavior accordingly. This can lead to more successful and efficient training sessions.

Enhanced Riding Experience:

Riders who are present in the moment can better feel and respond to the horse's movements. This results in a more harmonious and enjoyable riding experience for both the rider and the horse.

Building Trust:

Horses thrive on trust and consistency. Being present and consistent in interactions helps build trust between the horse and the human. Horses are more likely to trust and cooperate with handlers or riders who are focused and attuned to the present moment.


In summary, being present with horses fosters better communication, safety, and a positive emotional environment. It contributes to a more fulfilling and harmonious relationship between humans and horses, whether in training, riding, or general interactions.

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